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March 2021

22 Mar – What Are You Magnifying?

I had a dream recently about a photo taken with a dirty lens, and therefore the image was blurry. I believe God reveals things in our dreams and was saying to fix my focus and make sure that as I looked at my life and future, anything that was distracting or clouding my perspective I needed to deal with to have clear focus and direction.

A good question to ask ourselves in the process of cleaning our “lens” and fixing our focus is, “What am I magnifying in my life? Are their things in my life that are obstructing my view?

If so, we can ask God’s help and guidance in dealing with them, whether that’s by getting his perspective from reading His words in the bible to guide us or choosing to “shake off’ and move on from unhealthy distractions, relationships, or pastimes. In a sense, whatever we put the magnifying glass on will be what speaks and appears the most significant and loudest voice in our lives, and we get to choose what those things are.

We regularly would benefit from looking closely to see whether our relationships, mindsets, and pursuits help make us the best version of ourselves. Likewise, we can choose to be mindful of not always focusing on those things that will “bring us down”. Is what God is saying the loudest voice in our lives because we have our focus and “magnifying glass” on Him, and he helps us keep our view clean and simple?

Today what you are magnifying in your life and moving towards. Is the picture accurate, or does your “lens” of focus need adjusting? If so, ask God to help you clean the “lens” today!

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” (Psalms 32:8 ESV)

“My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet of the net.” (Psalm 25:15 ESV)

“Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1 NLT)

Prayer: Lord, please help me honestly look at my life and see if there are any areas where I need to clean the “lens” and become more clearly focused. In Jesus name Amen.

21 Mar – How To Become Your Best

To keep moving forward and to be the person I desire to become deep down and know God has purposed me to be, I try to regularly ask myself these questions, “How can I grow and develop what is already deposited inside of me.” “Who do I want to become, and what does that look like?

God is not very interested in our behaviour modification. He is more concerned with our hearts than any outward performance and for us to become the fullest, most joyful version of ourselves, rather than to fill our lives up with doing, performance driven activity and striving.

The Lord doesn’t see thing the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7)

God created us and looks to empower us to fulfil our potential and to bless the world with the best version of ourselves.

It’s about our point of focus and choosing to focus on who we seek to be and who Jesus says we are. Focus on that person, and all our outward actions will fall into line.

  • Focus on the “be” and the “doing” will follow. (John 15:1-8)
  • Focus on whom God says you are in His Word, and your thoughts about yourself will begin to be line up with who He says you are. (Romans 12:1-2)
  • Focus on your future, and the past will start to lose its hold on you and fall away. (Philippians 3:13)
  • Focus on better days ahead, and hope will begin to rise in your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11; Lamentations 3:21-23)
  • Focus on being the best version of yourself and what that looks like, and God will do exceedingly more in you. (Ephesians 3:20)
  • Who are you seeking to become today? Now with God’s help focus on that amazing person, and all your doing will follow!

Jesus said, “As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me, you are powerless. If a person is separated from me, he is discarded; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire to be burned. But if you live in life-union with me and if my words live powerfully within you—then you can ask whatever you desire, and it will be done. When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are my mature disciples who glorify my Father!” (John 15:5-8 TPT)

“I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however, I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead.” (Philippians 3:13 TPT)

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)

Prayer: Lord, thank you that you love me so much and believe in me. Please help me to keep growing in knowing you and fulfilling my potential. I choose to become everything you say I am. In Jesus name Amen.

20 Mar – What’s Most Important In Your Life?

I read a story today about a man picking strawberries in a strawberry patch. This man would pick a strawberry here… and then he’d look up and see another strawberry a couple of rows away and off he’d run to pick that berry. Then he would look up and see another berry a few plants away and off he’d go, again and again and again all across the patch. In the time it took him to fill one bucket, others around him had filled ten.

That’s because this man’s eyes were always wandering across the strawberry patch looking for the easiest berries to find, instead of staying focused on what was before him. The bible says that a fool is like that, but “the perceptive find wisdom in their own front yard; fools look for it everywhere but right here“ (Proverbs 17: 24 –The Message).

Those who are lack wisdom are always looking for the “easiest berry” in the patch, the quick fix, and an easy way to get ahead in life. They are constantly comparing themselves, their families, their jobs, and their potential to something or someone else. And they are never satisfied, often ending up doing far less with their lives than they could have.

God doesn’t want our lives to be full of toil, or to be marred with disappointment and unrealised dreams. He wants to impart vision and dreams, and for us to be focused in life, knowing where and what we are called to do each day. But we can all be like the man in the strawberry patch, running frantically here and there; searching for meaning, success and happiness, but never fully achieving or reaching our goals and potential. It is far too easy to wear ourselves out through our incessant “doing doing, doing”, when Jesus wants to lead us in the way of bliss, and a joy filled, meaningful life. (John 10:10)

Today take time to look forward. What has God placed in your heart to focus on?

Choose wisely what is most important in life, and then hone your focus in that direction. and ask God for His wisdom, and trust and allow Him to lead you in the right direction. In God we find everything we need; His love, joy, peace, hope and even courage when we face adversity. Let’s focus on the rest of the year ahead with wisdom, and not be like that man in the strawberry patch, wearing ourselves out for little reward.

So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority”. (Colossians 2:10)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps”. (Proverbs 16:9)

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believing, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.”(James 1:6-8 The Message)

Prayer: Lord, thank you for this year. Please help me to be focused on what is essential and not be blown by every thought or fancy that pops into my head or by those around me. Keep my eyes firmly ahead, to where you are leading, that I may follow in Jesus name Amen.

19 Mar – Choosing The Right Lane

Life is a bit like driving on a freeway. As we travel, I’ve discovered it’s imperative to choose the right lane to get to where we want to go. One or two turning points and decisions determine the outcome of our journey and destination.

Many choices in life are like that. At the time, they don’t seem significant, like initially choosing the wrong lane. But those choices can easily set in motion a series of events that shape our lives.

Many stories in life begin with seemingly insignificant decisions, but those decisions are the ones that lead to relationships, opportunities, and even our coming to know Jesus. Those decisions forever affect our lives, not to mention future generations.

There is an account in the bible about Lot, in Genesis 13:5-18. It’s a story of Lot’s choice, and it teaches us a crucial lesson about life’s choices:

Then Lot and Abram’s herdsmen quarrelled because there wasn’t adequate land to support all their flocks. So Abram gave Lot his choice of where to settle and Lot decided to move down into the fertile Jordan valley. That choice was the beginning of Lot’s gradual but steady decline. First, he looked toward Sodom (13:10). Then he moved his tents near Sodom (13:12). Next, we find him living in Sodom (14:12). Finally, he is sitting at the gate of Sodom.

As a result, Lot lost his wife, barely escaped with his own life and his two daughters. The last we hear of him, he’s hiding in a cave where his daughters (who were raised surrounded by depravity) encouraged him to become drunk and committed incest with him. These offspring became the Moabites and the Ammonites, who were two of Abraham family’s biggest enemies. But it all began with Lot’s choice to live near Sodom.

Sounds dramatic, I know. But it’s out choices that direct our steps, and everything in our life is a reflection of those choices.

Like many people Lot’s problem was in following through and walking step by step, allowing God to be his GPS.

Fortunately, God is a great restorer. None of us need end up like Lot and his family. With Him, we can all get back in the right lane. He’s like our GPS. We have to choose to connect Him up to our life and keep listening. The key is not to be constantly thinking we know a better route or a great short cut. That usually results in us hitting a traffic jam or going entirely in the wrong direction.

Today if you feel like you are in the wrong lane, stop and allow God to get you back on track. Let Him be your GPS. Ask Him to help you get back on the right road. Then start to listen and trust Him, and He will direct your every step. “Trust the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all our ways, acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6

Prayer: Lord help me to make wise choices and to follow your leading and guidance so I am at the right place, at the right time today. In Jesus name Amen

18 Mar – Made To Shine

I was finishing off a painting today and putting the final layers of varnish to bring out the colours and textures as much as possible. It’s one of the fun parts where artwork gets to shine, and all the effort and work of creating is highlighted and better able to be enjoyed.

In much the same way as a painting, when we allow God to reveal and work upon our lives He causes us to gain our own unique colour, gloss, and shine as He releases gifts and dreams in us. We are all unique, and He knows what it’s going to take to make us look the best; to bring out all the artistry and beauty in us.

It’s also in realising that life is a gift from God, and to embrace the gift. As we do, our minds and hearts are renewed to think and see as God does, and our hope and joy restored.

A big part of life is realising life is a blessing and looking for the good, inspiring and beauty in everything and everyone around you. That’s how God thinks and it’s what helps us to shine rather than allowing all the negative and “dullness” to rub off on us.

The bible says it this way; “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”.

This week plan to find and do things regularly that make your soul sing. Surround yourself with joyful people. Turn off the news if you need to. Ignore Facebook, don’t read that article, or listen to that conversation.

When God takes the time to reveal, create and restore things in us, He wants us to shine and to stand out. If what you are doing is stealing the “shine” from your day, consider whether you should “go there.” Let God guide you. Let Him colour your world and cause you to prosper your soul and enjoy your day.

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2).

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for today. Please continue to restore me and release the fun stuff in my life. Release gifts, dreams and all the things that will cause me to shine as you created me to; help me see life as a blessing and a gift. In Jesus Name Amen.

17 Mar – Better Things Ahead

I love being around my husband, especially when he starts to speak visions and dreams. He has faith for God to do exploits through and in Him, and it’s catching. The words he speaks are words of faith and life and God uses Him, and others like him to stir up and bring to life the God given dreams that have lain dormant and hidden within people’s hearts.

It is a constant reminder to me how much it really does matter who we “hang around” with. There are many whom the thief (the devil) has stolen from, and unless they allow God to stir up the dreams within them, will waste no time in telling you to get back to reality and to stop dreaming. Perhaps that is why Benjamin Franklin once said, “Most men die from the neck up at age twenty-five because they stop dreaming.”

But that is not Gods plan or desire for mankind. When we are vitally connected to Him, and His words remain in us, the very life and expansive power of heaven starts to be activated in our lives. Impossibilities become realities, the weird and the wonderful starts to break open in and through us. Miracles, provision, breakthrough, restoration, solutions and strategies begin to be released and downloaded into our hearts and minds.

Today, consider whom you are listening to. Are you listening to those who tell you constantly to “get real” and to come back down to earth? Or are you listening to God, and to those men and women around you of faith, visions and dreams? God has expansion on His mind. He wants us to believe for more and to expect Him to work in and through us. Good things are up ahead, regardless of what the world may say, breakthrough, healing and release are on God’s agenda, for “If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things? “ (Romans 8:31-32)

Look up today and believe for better things coming your way. Start to declare it, speak God’s promises, and know that the angels of heaven are working on your behalf to bring it to pass.

“By faith and patience you WILL inherit the promises of God” (Hebrews 6:12)

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14 NIV)

For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91:10-11 NIV)

“Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.” (Psalm 130:20 KJV)

Prayer: Lord thank you for reminding me to dream and believe for bigger and better things for my future. Surround me with people who believe, who expect, who dream and who see and hear from heaven. Good things are being released in my life today. In Jesus Name Amen.

16 Mar – No Longer Hiding

When you paint a house, it takes extra effort to paint in all little nooks and crannies. You could easily leave the clothes in the cupboard, the pantry full of food, and not bother to move large furniture. You may think, “it’s okay, nobody will bother looking or see those hidden areas so it doesn’t matter”.

But when it comes to our internal world, somebody does see, and eventually, others will too. God sees all. He sees the stuff hidden away in our “closets”, the attitudes, habits, addictions, mindsets and anything else we try to push out of sight or cover up from others and even ourselves.

The bible tells us that “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

Recently I felt the Lord saying, “I see everything, even the hidden things, and I want to refresh every area of people’s lives. I want to clothe with my presence, just like you would new paint, every cupboard, nook, cranny and hidden area so that they won’t miss a thing. I want to bless them.

When we hide from God and closet away areas of our life, it causes us to draw near to God only so far, and then we come to a grinding halt. We end up feeling like we can’t go any further in our relationships because God or someone else might see these areas. Sometimes we even hide things from our self because bringing them out into the open is too painful and difficult.

God loves us unconditionally just the way we are. He accepts, blesses and always wants to draw us close. But He also loves us far too much to leave us in the state we can get or find ourselves in. We may fool ourselves and everyone else, but we can’t and don’t fool God.

Today I encourage you to allow God into the hidden, closeted away areas of your life. He doesn’t want to harm or condemn you, but desires to give you a new life in Him and to clothe you with His presence, peace, joy and blessings.

 “Before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely, O LORD” (Psalm 139:4).

O LORD, you have searched me, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways” (Psalm 139:1-3).

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you” (Psalm 139:15-16).

Prayer: Lord, please help me to be honest with myself and you about my life. I know that I have things that I keep hidden from others, and sometimes even you. Would you please come and shine your light and presence into every area of my life so that I am able to live free and no longer be in hiding. In Jesus Name Amen.

15 Mar – All The Strength You Need

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I love the account in the bible about a guy name Joshua. He had a tough job in that he was chosen to follow in the footsteps of Moses. Moses had succeeded in the task of bringing a whole nation out of captivity, and had been used by God to do wonders and miracles. Now it was Joshua’s turn to lead, and God’s words of encouragement to Joshua were full of expectation that he would be strong enough to follow them. God said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

I’ve discovered, as Joshua no doubt did, that to be truly strong it’s also helps to acknowledge that our strength will eventually run out, whereas God’s strength does not. He is the one that has it all under control, and knows it’s going to be all okay. He is the one who calms the storm, silences the noise, and makes a way where previously there was none.

God asks for us just as he did Joshua, to be strong, but not just in our own strength, but in His. He wants us to draw and rely on His supernatural power and ability to live our lives. Because when we do we suddenly have the limits taken off and the impossible becomes possible, and the weakest person becomes strong.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”(Ephesians 6:10)

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

The key to receiving strength is that we gain and renew our strength when we wait on God and ask for His help and assistance. He promises that, “He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)

Today, don’t feel like you have to go through the day in your own power and ability, attempting to do everything all by yourself, when right there for the asking is all the strength you will ever need. Wait on God, take the time to learn His way of doing things, and rest assured in the knowledge that He has all the strength and wisdom you’ll ever need. You just have to ask Him for it.

Prayer: Lord thank you for your strength and supernatural ability today and that you are with me wherever I go today. In Jesus name Amen.

14 Mar – Be Restored (Pt 2)

God has promised to guide, satisfy, prosper, refresh, rebuild, raise, repair, and restore all those who come to Him.

This sounds unbelievable, I know, but God is a God of increase, blessing, and restoration.

The Bible is full of people who had to be restored, such as Joseph, David, the prodigal son, Peter, the woman with the issue of blood, Lazarus, and the widow of Nain.

But restoration is a process and some steps we can take to help with the process are for us to:

Be willing to let God work in our life. A big part of God restoring is admitting we need Him to do just that and then allowing Him into ALL areas of our lives.

Forgive those who have hurt us (Joseph and his brothers Genesis chap 45)

Ask for forgiveness (Prodigal Son, (Luke 15:17), Peter the disciple (John 21)

God knows you. He knows what has to be done. He already sees any damage, so don’t try to hide from Him.

Let your prayer be, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

IT’S MESSY

Often we have been busy covering up damage with layers and layers of protective techniques. Just like a piece of furniture that has been painted over and over with many layers of paint, it needs to be sanded back to the material underneath. We, too, have to allow God to remove things from our life to get us back to what we are made of.

If you are serious about wanting God to restore you, then allow the “layers” you have put on to be scraped back and sanded smooth to bring out the real you.

That can be confronting. What if we don’t like who we are underneath? It takes courage to allow God to show you what’s really in your heart and mind. But this step leads to transformation.

Psalm 139 says, “For you formed my inward parts. You covered me in my mother’s womb. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book, they all were written, the days fashioned for me when as yet there were none of them.”

Today decide to let go of the old and allow God to restore, transform and reveal who He created you to be.

It may be messy, uncomfortable and even confronting, but know that God loves you, and you can trust Him in His grace to work something amazing in you.

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” (Isaiah 58:11-12)

Prayer: Lord, I trust you. Today I put myself in your hands, trusting that you will work in me. Restore those things that are broken, missing or have been stolen. Please help me not to run from you, but to have courage even when you reveal things in me I may not like or that have been hidden. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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